Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Roasted Red PotatoesThis Oven Roasted Red Potatoes recipe is a fast, easy and delicious side dish that goes with just about anything. It’s especially good as a side dish with your Tofu Scramble or Vegan Lentil Burger.

This recipe calls for 1/2 pound of red potatoes, but you can easily double the recipe and have plenty of leftovers for the week.

Leave the skins on. They have lots of extra fiber and nutrients.

You can make it using 2 tsp of olive oil without the vegetable broth, but we recommend using oil and vegetable broth together to cut back on the calories and add more flavor.

Like so many of our recipes, this one may have a hard time making it to your plate. We tend to eat most of them while we’re getting everything else ready. May you have better luck with these as a side dish instead of an appetizer!

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Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Balsamic Roasted Brussels SproutsI hated Brussels sprouts for the first 41 years of my life. Then I met Amelia and she made these Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Boy was I missing out. These are easy to make and a delicious source of amazing nutrients.

Even if you think you hate Brussels sprouts, if you like balsamic vinegar on leafy greens, then give these a try with an open mind. They’re not the frozen brick of sprouts your mother microwaved, then doused the soggy green balls with white vinegar. These Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts fresh from the oven are delicious.

Brussels sprouts are a good source of fiber, protein and vitamin C. With only 121 calories for about 1 cup, these are filling, nutritious and can help with your weight loss goals.

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Roasted Asparagus

Roasted AsparagusThis Roasted Asparagus recipe is a fast and easy side dish when you’re in a hurry. Amelia and I were raised on canned asparagus, but that doesn’t hold a candle to this crispy and delicious oven roasted asparagus. Even your kids will love it!

Use fresh asparagus for this recipe. The canned asparagus soaked in water will be too wet and won’t roast correctly. You’ll end up with a soggy mess that no one will like.

It doesn’t reheat well, either, so you’ll want to make only what you can eat with your meal. Since this recipe is so quick and easy, you can keep your fresh asparagus in the refrigerator and only prepare what you need.

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Roasted Green Beans

Roasted Green BeansThese Roasted Green Beans are a fast, easy and delicious side dish for almost any meal. And how can you go wrong with green beans? That’s the only vegetable I ate for the first 10 years of my life and I turned out ok (mostly).

The green beans will come out of the oven crispy and delicious. They’re so good they may not make it to your dinner plate. Amelia and I snack on them while we’re cooking so there’s not usually a lot left to serve up.

Use fresh snapped green beans for this recipe. Don’t use canned green beans soaked in water or they won’t roast correctly.

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Roasted Edamame

Roasted EdamameThis Roasted Edamame recipe is “chewy and delicious,” so says Amelia. They have a bit of a salty taste so they’re good if you have a salt craving. Quick and easy to cook, they’re good to prepare on the weekend so you have them for a snack during the week.

I like them crunchy and Amelia likes them chewy so we eat them chewy. Happy wife, happy life. If you like them crunchy, cook them a little longer than 45 minutes.

These babies pack in 21 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber in one serving so they’re also a nutritious snack.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Peanut Butter Banana BitesThis Peanut Butter Banana Bites are a delicious treat that Amelia loved as a child, but I just had my first one today.

I told her, “These are amazing! Who knew banana and peanut butter went so well together?!” And she replied dryly, “Elvis.” I guess that’s an inside joke because I have no idea what she’s talking about.

This is a great pre-workout snack. It has healthy complex carbs from the banana to give you an energy boost. Plus protein from the peanut butter to slow down the absorption. It’ll give you a nice slow burn.

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Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Roasted Garbanzo BeansTo quote Amelia, “These Roasted Garbanzo Beans are a simple, satisfying, salty snack to satisfy your salty cravings.” You just mix a few things together and bake until they’re brown and crispy.

Garbanzo beans, also called chickpeas, are a great source of protein and fiber. Each serving of theseRoasted Garbanzo Beans has 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber with only 110 calories. They’re delicious AND nutritious.

You can add other seasonings to mix this recipe up, like chili powder, cayenne pepper, mustard powder, etc. Be creative with it and see what you like best.

The hardest part of this recipe is removing the shells from the garbanzo beans. The easiest way to remove the shells is to put the beans on half of a large dish towel, fold the other half of the towel over to cover the beans, and rub the towel over the beans back-and-forth vigorously with both hands. This loosens the shells making them much easier to peel off.

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Vegan Pizza

Vegan PizzaThere’s nothing like a delicious Vegan Pizza on Friday night to kick off your weekend!

We made the pizza sauce from scratch, but you can always buy ready-made pizza sauce to save time. Of course, then you’ll get all the added sugar that comes with it (and everything else they throw in). When you make your own sauce, you’ll know what every ingredient is, and it only takes a few extra minutes to prepare.

This recipe makes enough for 2 to 3 vegan pizzas depending on how much sauce you like on your pizza. You can cut the ingredients in half by reducing the serving size to 8 slices, or you’ll have leftover sauce.

You can get really creative with vegan pizza toppings. You really can’t go wrong. Some other toppings to consider: tempeh bacon, beefy crumbles, peppers, olives, roasted garlic, sliced tomatoes, etc.

The serving size is based on the traditional pie shaped pizza slice, but Amelia, being from Chicago, likes to cut them into squares. You’ll get about 16 pieces when you do it Chicago-style.

You can make your own pizza crust, too, but that takes a lot of extra time. We chose to buy a pre-made whole wheat crust from Whole Foods. You can buy whatever type you like, but it may change the nutritional facts.

Skip the vegan cheese to make it oil free. Use a gluten free crust to make the recipe gluten free.

Enjoy this with a delicious side salad for a little extra leafy green roughage.

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Easy Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Easy Vegan Black Bean BrowniesAmelia made these delicious Easy Vegan Black Bean Brownies by replacing the eggs with black beans. I know. I know. That sounds odd. But trust me, you can’t taste the black beans at all. You only taste the chocolatey goodness.

They’re very moist and tasty, but not as rich as non-vegan brownies. Personally, I like them better. Sometimes rich foods don’t agree with me and you get all that extra fiber and protein from eating a friggin brownie!

This recipe uses a vegan brownie mix, which will save you some time over making it from scratch. If you want this to be gluten free, oil free and soy free, be sure to look for that on the label. The Enjoy Life Brownie Mix is free from just about everything.

If you like this recipe, you’ll love our Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipe. It’s another one that will completely fool your friends.

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Vegan Spaghetti Sauce on Spaghetti Squash

Vegan Spaghetti SauceI used to be a jarred spaghetti sauce guy. I doctored it up to taste better, but it took less time than making my own. However, once I realized how much added sugar is in a regular jar of spaghetti sauce, I decided it was time to make it from scratch. After lots of trial and error, here’s my delicious Vegan Spaghetti Sauce.

We prefer spaghetti squash since it’s much healthier and lower calorie than regular pasta, and it tastes really good. Just be sure to cook it long enough or it’ll be crunchy. It should be al dente but not crunchy.

You can also substitute Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti for real pasta. This looks and tastes like pasta, but it only has 10 calories and 3 grams of carbs per serving. It’s also gluten free and has been eaten for centuries in Asian countries. You can usually find it in the vegan cold foods section near the tofu. It’s in a plastic bag filled with water and noodles.

Enjoy your Vegan Spaghetti Sauce on Spaghetti Squash with a delicious side salad for some extra leafy green roughage.

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